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Camp Kangaroo Needs Campers For Michigan Camp

FERNDALE, Mich., -- Camp Kangaroo, a free three-day bereavement program offered through Seasons Hospice Foundation, is recruiting five-to 13-year-old children who have lost a loved one to participate in a camp experience in December.

The camp will meet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Dec, 27, through Sunday, Dec. 29, at Webb Elementary School, 2100 Woodward Heights, Ferndale.

Lunch and snacks will be provided to campers at no cost.

Each day of camp consists of a combination of fun activities and grief therapy sessions. Camp goals are achieved using a variety of proven bereavement therapy methods.

Seasons Hospice Foundation’s Camp Kangaroo began in the Chicago area, where it has hosted two successful camps. The program is quickly expanding to other Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care locations across the country.

In addition to meeting the personalized goals of each camper, based on the results of an in-home assessment, Camp Kangaroo has four major goals:

  • Educate campers about what grief is and provide outlets for them to express their grief.Using developmentally appropriate language, counselors teach campers about the emotions associated with grief, including sorrow and anger. The camp also helps participants learn to identify these emotions; reassure them their feelings are normal; and teach them appropriate ways to express their feelings.
  • Share education about death and dying.A physician is present to answer questions from campers about death and dying, and to correct any misunderstandings they may have.
  • Provide peer support by connecting campers with others going through a similar experience.Immediately upon arriving at camp, children realize that what they are feeling is normal and that they are not alone.
  • Help children honor their lost loved one and begin to move forward through their grief.Children learn that while their grief will always be with them, it will change over time.  

For more information or to register your child for Camp Kangaroo, please call (800) 370-8592.

Camp Kangaroois provided at no cost through the generous donations of individuals and organizations. Call (800) 370-8592 if you are interested in becoming a Camp Kangaroo sponsor.